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SDSU: I believe that we will win

This is more fun in person.

As a good friend and SDSU alumni is quick to tell me, I joined the Aztecs fan-dome at just the right moment in history. It’s been amazing to see this school go from identifying itself as a party school to a campus full of pride for its athletics. (Baseball, football, and now basketball.)

Not many people outside of Southern California have noticed this transformation. But it is exhilarating.

When we moved into the college area almost three years ago I decided I would embrace the school… because it’s part of my neighborhood and some of our neighbors are students. Yet, as a person who grew up around a major university, I was shocked by how little people cared about SDSU. You’d rarely see non-students wearing SDSU gear, people didn’t care about the sports, and even the school itself was kind of a third or fourth choice place. Non-student neighbors didn’t take much pride in being in the college area. And, unlike in South Bend, there wasn’t a soul who had the school’s logo painted on their garage door or a school flag hanging from their flag pole.

Not anymore.

Yesterday was marked by three major things in the life of SDSU.

First, they welcomed 4100 brand new freshmen on campus. They had record applications.

Second, I rode the train home from work with a trolley car full of fans headed to the game…. this is two full hours before tip off! This is something you only see with the Charger or maybe the Padres if the Angels are in town.

Third, the national media has no choice but to pay attention. They were the first team to 20 wins and hold the longest win streak in the NCAA.

As I walked around the Viejas Arena last night before finding my seats I did an extra loop around the stadium because the buzz was palpable. Everyone was wearing SDSU gear, walking through campus I saw tons of visitors carrying bookstore bags… and I mumbled to myself, “This is what jumping on the bandwagon feels like.

By Adam McLane

Kristen and Adam live in the San Diego neighborhood of Rolando with their three children.

One reply on “SDSU: I believe that we will win”

Adam wrote about the transformation of SDSU
Aztecs. Why did the national media cover these
changes? Becasue the Aztecs were winning, and
winning big. The attraction is part of watching
how the underdog/unknown group becomes a
winner.

Sending a child away to college/university is
filled with hope that they will find success in
their education, friendships and life’s pursuits.
When there are limited funds, it’s a time of
loans, debts and financial difficulties.

I work in a large high school and have seen
how parents deal with their children’s endeavours.
I have listened to parents calling the attendance
school line and heard their concerns about their
struggles for late arrival, early dismissal or just
out all day. We have had a record number of
parents this year now asking how to apply for
the reduced fee lunch program. Sometimes, our
parents come to this place filled with some form
of embarrassment, guilt and shame as they
never thought it could come to this.

Luke 15:13 NLT
“A few days later this younger son packed all
his belongings and took a trip to a distant land,
and there he wasted all his money on wild living.

Yesterday two brothers with two others were all
caught at school doing drugs. When our Dean of
Students called the parents, they said they could
not get to the school to pick them up. So, my boss
got the school shuttle mini-van and drove them
home before eleven o’clock.

The day before we had a student throw-up right
in our office near my workstation after drinking
vodka instead of going to his 1st hour 7:25am
class. We called our school nurse who called 911
and got an ambulence. He was unable to stand
and needed to be carried out on a stretcher to go
to the local hospital. Our Dean of Students has
issued five out of school suspensions since Thursday.

Adam’s ministry is to reach out to those in his
community to make a sustainable difference in
the Kingdom of God. He has placed his family in
the midst of his neighborhood with intentionality
for His Goodness.

Luke 15:31-32 NLT
“His father said to him, `Look, dear son, you
and I are very close, and everything I have is
yours. [32] We had to celebrate this happy day.
For your brother was dead and has come back
to life! He was lost, but now he is found!’ ”

May there be much success as we pray for these
families, our neighbors for His divine mercy to give
to them the strength, the encouragement and hope
to overcome the wild living, overcome the struggles
and find the lost to come home to the LORD.

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